Young author Rebecca hopes new book is just start of the story

Published on: 04 Oct 2014

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A Keynsham sixth-former who has just self-published her first book is hoping it will be the first of many.

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Spicer, who goes to Wellsway School, released her novel Blind Love over the summer as an ebook and says she has been delighted to receive  good feedback from readers.

The novel for young adults follows poverty-stricken brother and sister Ymir and Cemile whose lives are changed forever by one misunderstanding.

It’s a story Rebecca first wrote as a 12-year-old, rewriting and editing it “countless times” but sticking to the original plot of the tragic romance.

“The inspiration for this story was simply to explore a genre I hadn’t previously explored in my writing and to write a book that would mean something to people, maybe enough that they’d remember it for a few years to come,” she says.

“I’ve had two lovely reviews on, one titled ‘A story with deep meaning’ and the other ‘Beautiful story!’. Both have been four star reviews, which is amazing and I’m so glad these people liked my novel.”

Currently studying media, theatre studies, biology and English, Rebecca hopes to eventually take a creative writing course at university.

She said: “I would love to publish more in the future! I’m always writing stories, alongside schoolwork. Writing started off as a hobby for me, it is something I enjoy doing and do to relax.

“I’ve wanted to be an author professionally for a long time now so self-publishing my novel was a great achievement for me and I’m so grateful I was able to do so.

“It feels so surreal and exciting now that my story is out there for everyone to read. I can only hope that they enjoy reading the story and the characters as much as I enjoyed writing them!”

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